Big subsidies are expected although Greece has been slow to get into the zero-pollutant electric vehicles “dance”, but there will soon be big news. Huge subsidy for the purchase not only of electric cars, but also scooters and bicycles, as part of the plan to promote electrification, and the activation of a new program.
“Saving at Home” is the name of the program with an increased budget and the development of a National Reforestation Plan announced, among other things, the Minister of Environment and Energy, Mr. Kostis Hatzidakis, during the ONNED online discussion, on “The green agenda of the government”, organized by the Youth Organization of New Democracy last night.
“For electrification we have been working since the autumn and it is not excluded even in June that the relevant bill will be presented for consultation. I think the most important thing in electrification is to have the charging infrastructure, the “electric gas stations”, the chargers first at the central points and then in others.” the minister said.
In our design we have decided to have a special program for electrification. The money that will come from the Pollutant Fund has been found and that will be enough. This will stimulate the market, not only electric cars, but also electric scooters and electric bicycles. The subsidy for IX will not be tiered, i.e. it will not be based on the value of the car. It will be specific and will apply to all types of cars.
Compared to the state subsidy for the purchase of electric IX, the aid for the purchase of scooters or bicycles will be bigger and more beneficial to the buyer. We want young people to be protagonists in the passage to the new era. Electric IX, scooters and bicycles are not a luxury, but everyday life.
This means that the amount by which electric cars will be subsidised will be fixed regardless of type or value, which is going to favour the more affordable proposals where the percentage reduction in their price will be greater. It is worth noting that the subsidy for the purchase of electric vehicles in Greece will not be linked to some kind of “withdrawal” of cars.
The president of AMVIR (Hellenic Association of Motor Vehicle Importers-Representatives) Mr. George Vasilakis was also revealing about the amount of incentives. As he revealed speaking on SKAI radio, the amount of incentives will be equivalent to that of Germany and the Netherlands, while for taxi owners or for a commercial vehicle the subsidies will be twice as high.
Subsidies for the purchase of an electric vehicle in Germany range up to 6,000 euros while in the Netherlands the subsidy is up to 5,000 euros. So the subsidy in Greece is expected to be between 6,000 and 5,000 euros and for professionals it will double and it will be between 12,000 and 10,000 euros!